Gotty and the guv’nor: a true narrative of Gotty’s doings ashore & afloat, with an account of his voyage of discovery on a shrimping bawley in the English channel
There are many smiles and a few laughs in this daft old book published in 1907 – though it might reasonably be subtitled ‘a true collection of the sorts of stories waterside blokes are apt to tell even today’.
Read a writerly little piece about the author, novelist Arthur E Arthur Copping, here.
My thanks to Nigel who runs the the Bexley London Borough Blog for leading me to this one!
PS – I gather from Dick Johnson (see comments below) that there’s another Gotty book Gotty in Furren Parts, but I’ve been unable to find an archive link, and it does seem to be pretty scarce… Shame!
Woodbridge from the head of the estuary. Click on the thumbnails for much bigger photos
Woodbridge tide mill
Liveaboards at Woodbridge
Eversons’ splendid sheds; wind vanes belonging to Woodbridge Cruising Club and the Deben Yacht Club
The intriguing and delightful Arwen
A very sweet little motorboat
Bawley Good Intent, with a London port designation
Pretty yachts and picturesque dinghies
Wall details from the old quayside, which is now set well back from the river
Idle Duck is back on the water and looking good, as these photos from a week and a half ago show.
The bawley-derived Maurice Griffiths-designed boat (use the search to find posts about both Idle Duck and Scoter) has been now in the hands of my friend Bob Telford for a couple of years now, and after a couple of seasons’ hard work repairing decks and bulwarks at Alan Staley’s yard at Faversham, she’s looking very smart in her fresh paint.
The view from Idle Duck’s cockpit